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Quote of the day: Grab a book, dammit

“I worry about naval officers who don’t read.” — Adm. William Crowe, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1985-1989. (Quoted in Edgar F. Puryear, American Generalship, p. 171 ) Speaking of books, I’ve mailed my novel to all of youse who sent in envelopes. Including the joker who sent a 5 x 7 envelope, ...

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"I worry about naval officers who don't read." -- Adm. William Crowe, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1985-1989. (Quoted in Edgar F. Puryear, American Generalship, p. 171 )

Speaking of books, I've mailed my novel to all of youse who sent in envelopes. Including the joker who sent a 5 x 7 envelope, and even the guy who sealed his SASE. I was surprised by how many of the responses came from the West Coast -- California, Oregon, Washington. I would say perhaps half. Also some very kind notes enclosed -- thanks!

“I worry about naval officers who don’t read.” — Adm. William Crowe, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1985-1989. (Quoted in Edgar F. Puryear, American Generalship, p. 171 )

Speaking of books, I’ve mailed my novel to all of youse who sent in envelopes. Including the joker who sent a 5 x 7 envelope, and even the guy who sealed his SASE. I was surprised by how many of the responses came from the West Coast — California, Oregon, Washington. I would say perhaps half. Also some very kind notes enclosed — thanks!

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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